Returning Home

July 16, 2014

Flag of Turkey's founder in small town
(photo credit: Brian Kaylor)
On Sunday, I returned home from Turkey. It was a great week with the global Baptist family for the Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA). The BWA sessions included important business and inspiring reports, and I had the opportunity to meet and dialogue with Baptists from around the world. I also enjoyed visiting Turkey, experiencing its culture, and visiting some ruins from the biblical and early church eras. Even though I really enjoyed the BWA Annual Gathering last year in Jamaica, the one in Turkey was even better. During my time in Turkey, I wrote six Ethics Daily articles and filmed footage for five Ethics Daily videos (and will later write some items for Churchnet and BWA). You can find the articles here and the videos here.

Silk demonstration
(photo credit: Brian Kaylor)
On Saturday, we visited a couple of local businesses in between visits to Ephesus and the Basilica of St. John. First, we visited a rug co-op where we saw how they get silk from larvae and weave rugs. They also treated us to a presentation of their various types of rugs, which were incredible works of art (beyond my price range). Then we visited one of the three main leather shops in Turkey, which produces designer jackets for several top European brands. At the shop we also were given a fashion show featuring new styles. The jackets were impressive and I enjoyed trying on some expensive ones (before retreating to the cheap rack and bought a jacket to replace my non-leather one that is literally falling apart). You can view photos from these visits here.